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Apple CEO Tim Cook to take more than 40% pay cut

Apple CEO Tim Cook will take a more than 40% pay cut this year from a year earlier as the company adjusts how it calculates his compensation. Apple Inc. said in a regulatory filing that Cook’s target total compensation is $49 million for 2023. Last year the company conducted a shareholder vote on executive pay. Apple said its compensation committee took into account shareholder feedback, the company’s performance and a recommendation from Cook, who was promoted to to CEO in 2011, to adjust his compensation in light of the feedback received.

Actor Ezra Miller gets fine, probation after home break-in

Actor Ezra Miller is going to spend the next year on probation and continue with mental health treatment after they pleaded guilty to a trespassing charge at a Vermont home. Miller appeared in court Friday and entered the plea as part of a deal with prosecutors. Miller was given a suspended jail sentence, a year of probation and a fine. The actor pleaded not guilty in October to charges of stealing liquor from a neighbor’s home. It was one of a string of arrests and reports of erratic behavior last year.

$1.35B Mega Millions prize drawing set for Friday night

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mega Millions players will have another chance to end months of losing and finally win a jackpot that has grown to $1.35 billion. Plenty of people have won smaller prizes in the lottery game, but no one has matched all six numbers and won the grand prize since Oct. 14. Those 25 straight drawings without a winner have allowed the top prize to roll over and grow larger for three months. It’s now the fourth-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. If there isn’t a winner Friday night, the jackpot will inch closer to the record $2.04 billion Powerball prize won last November in California. The long stretch without a Mega Millions jackpot winner is because of the game’s steep odds of 1 in 302.6 million.

Actor Kevin Spacey denies 7 more sex offense charges in UK

LONDON (AP) — Actor Kevin Spacey has pleaded innocent to seven further sex offenses in Britain, which bring the number of charges the Hollywood star faces in the U.K. to 12. Spacey, a double Academy Award winner, has already pleaded not guilty to charges that he sexually assaulted three men between 2004 and 2015 when he was the artistic director at the Old Vic theater in London. He appeared via video-link in a London courtroom on Friday. Spacey now faces a dozen charges relating to four men between 2001 and 2013.

Search is on for 4-year-old; caretaker accused of neglect

CYRIL, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma authorities searching for a 4-year-old girl say they have arrested her caretaker on charges of child neglect. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says the 31-year-old caretaker was booked into jail. The bureau says the arrest stems from the search for Athena Brownfield. The girl was reported missing Tuesday from her home in Cyril. That’s about 70 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. A postal carrier found Athena’s 5-year-old sister wandering alone near the caretaker’s home and alerted Cyril police. Authorities determined Athena was missing. The search includes a helicopter, a trained ground team and a review of surveillance video from around the community.

UFO reports rise to 510, not aliens but still a threat to US

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has now collected 510 reports of unidentified flying objects, many of which are flying in sensitive military airspace. That’s according to a declassified intelligence report summary released Thursday. While there’s no evidence of extraterrestrials, they still pose a threat. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence says that’s because the events continue to occur in restricted or sensitive airspace, highlighting possible concerns for flight safety or spying. The classified version of the report addresses how many of those objects were found near locations where nuclear power plants operate or nuclear weapons are stored.

Swedish govt moves to get rid of permits needed for dancing

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s center-right coalition government wants to abolish a decade-old requirement for restaurants, nightclubs and other venues to obtain permits before they let patrons dance. The proposal made Thursday means that venues no longer would need a license to organize boogie nights. Instead, as a general rule, they would only have to register with the police, which can be done verbally and does not cost anything. Applying for a permit incurs a fee of at least 700 kroner ($67) for the establishment. As it is now, owners can lose their liquor and business licenses if police officers come by and find out that a venue did not have authorization to let patrons dance.

S. Korean police seek manslaughter charges over deadly crush

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean police are seeking charges of involuntary manslaughter and negligence against 23 officials for a lack of safety measures they said were responsible for a crowd surge that killed nearly 160 people. Despite anticipating a crowd of more than 100,000 Halloween weekend, Seoul police had assigned 137 officers to the capital’s nightlife district Itaewon on the day of the crush. Those officers were focused on monitoring narcotics use and violent crimes, which experts say left few resources for pedestrian safety. On Friday, Son Je-han, who headed the National Police Agency’s special investigation into the incident, cited a series of what he called “overlapping failures” for the high death toll and recommend the indictment of 23 officials.

Designer Thom Browne bests Adidas in court battle of stripes

NEW YORK (AP) — Thom Browne emerged from a New York courthouse victorious over sportswear giant Adidas in a battle over stripes. A smiling Browne told The Associated Press on Thursday that he hopes the preservation of his striped designs on luxury athletic clothing and accessories inspires others whose work is challenged by larger clothing producers. Adidas had sued Browne over the stripes on his activewear, which the company said infringed on its own well-known trademark. In a statement after the jury’s verdict, an Adidas spokesperson promised to “continue to vigilantly enforce our intellectual property, including filing any appropriate appeals.”

US renames 5 places that used racist slur for a Native woman

The U.S. Department of the Interior has renamed five places in California, North Dakota, Tennessee and Texas that previously included a racist term for a Native American woman. Thursday’s changes come as part of a yearlong process in which the historically offensive word “squaw” has been removed from the names of geographic sites across the country. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland says in a statement that “words matter,” particularly as the agency works to make these sites accessible and welcoming to people of all backgrounds. She calls the term in question “harmful.”

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